2017 Toyota Camry Review


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2017 Toyota Camry Overview

Being a top-selling car does not take some kind of automotive wizardry, or sales managers who can hypnotize customers. It takes a solid foundation of 5-passegner comfort, easy-to-use technology, a wealth of safety equipment, and a proven history of reliability. Now in its 35th year on the market (and seventh generation), the 2017 Toyota Camry continues to establish the credibility necessary to carry on its 14-year reign as America’s best-selling passenger car.

The current-generation Camry entered the market for the 2012 model year, received a major facelift for 2015 (Toyota terms this the Camry's eight generation), and is carried over for 2017. But the Camry is far from unchanged, receiving some new technology throughout the lineup, along with crucial safety features.

What has not changed for 2017 is the Camry's outward design--and why should it? The sharply raked headlights and bold-yet-curving body lines strike the perfect blend of restraint, aggression, and eye-catching appeal.

Trims for the 2017 Toyota Camry include the LE, XLE, SE, and XSE. The base LE features color-keyed heated power side mirrors with a folding function, 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, and high solar-energy-absorbing glass. The XLE adds bold LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels with super chrome paint, and a chrome-tipped exhaust. Opting for the SE gains you projector-beam halogen headlights with black sport-trim bezels, a piano-black sport-mesh lower front grille, and 17-inch wheels with graphite finish. Visually, the top-tier XSE adds 18-inch machined alloy wheels with black painted accents and a color-keyed rear spoiler.

The cabin of the Camry is a thoughtful blend of form and function. While other automakers have crammed features into the dash with either too much or too little thought to how it all works, the Camry’s standard and optional tech features have been smoothly integrated into the dash and with the controls. The base LE gets a 4.1-inch touchscreen displaying Toyota’s Entune audio system. It also features 6 speakers, a USB port with iPod/iPhone connectivity and touchscreen control, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, and Siri Eyes Free capability. The LE also gets an 8-way power-adjustable drivers’ seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear bench, wood-grain interior trim, and a tilt-telescoping steering wheel with controls for audio and Bluetooth hands-free functionality.

The SE adds SofTex sport-fabric-trimmed front seats, a leather-trimmed 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, and silver interior trim. Move up to the XSE and XLE and you get dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed heated seats, and a host of other convenience features. For 2017, both the XSE and XLE trims get Qi wireless charging pads for compatible phones (typically Android models) and Entune Audio Plus with standard navigation and a JBL premium stereo.

The standard engine aboard the 2017 Toyota Camry is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. This is adequate power, but if you want quicker acceleration, the XSE and XLE are both available with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine selected, power is sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for 4-cylinder trims is 24 mpg city/33 highway/27 combined. Opt for the V6 and fuel economy falls to 21/30/24.

Every Camry comes standard with a backup camera, 10 front- and side-impact airbags, a LATCH child-seat anchoring system, and Toyota’s STAR safety system. STAR includes vehicle stability control, traction control, 4-wheel antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart-stop technology.

Last year’s Camry was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the Pre-Collision system, which includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. This system carries over to the 2017 Camry as part of the available Technology Package. At $750, this package also includes dynamic radar cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available for another $500.

Base MSRP for the 2017 Toyota Camry is $23,070 for the LE. The SE starts at $32,840, and both the XSE and XLE start at $26,310. For those keeping score at home, that represents a price increase of $0 for each trim. If you opt for one of the upper-level trims, you get more content without paying any more than you would have for a 2016 version!

A Convenience Package ($845) is available, adding push-button start, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a compass and HomeLink, and anti-theft and Smart Key systems. With Smart Key, you don’t have to take your keys out of your pocket or purse to unlock the car or open the trunk--simply grasp the door and the car will sense the key fob and unlock itself as you pull on the handle.

Be it simple convenience solutions like Smart Key or Qi wireless charging or more advanced features like collision avoidance, Toyota has done everything it can to bring all the latest technology to the 2017 Camry. But it has made sure the technology will never get in the way of your daily commute–which is perhaps the most crucial feature of all!


From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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